The Azalea Project works to break the cycle of substance use and prevent substance-exposed newborns across the lifespan using primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies to ensure that all babies have healthy birth outcomes and live to see their first birthday. The Azalea Project launched in 2002 with a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and includes a variety of initiatives that serve women experiencing substance use.
Serving women across the life course
The goal of the Azalea Project is to reduce risk-taking behavior in substance abusing pregnant and parenting women.
The Azalea Project provides outreach, education and support services to substance-using pregnant women. It focuses on substance-involved families whose lifestyle increases their chances of experiencing a myriad of health and social risks, including unsafe sex (STIs⁄HIV), unwanted childbearing, poor school performance, poverty, infant mortality, abuse and neglect and involvement with the criminal justice system. The Azalea Project is based on an empowerment model that promotes self-sufficiency and personal transformation using a comprehensive, multi-generational approach.
Azalea is located in a storefront on the corner of 8th and Market in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood and provides condoms, baby items, baby clothing and more for community members in need.
The ROSE Project, a peer recovery specialist initiative, is also housed out of the Azalea Project.
Katherine Johnson, ROSE Project Manager
The Azalea Project
157 E. 8th Street, Suite 119
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Office: 904.359.2520 x302